Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP)


In March 2005, APICS announced the creation of the Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) designation to meet rapidly changing educational needs in the field of supply chain management. This new program is designed for professionals interested in increasing their knowledge of supply chain management, those currently working in the field of supply chain management, and for those individuals working with enterprise resources planning (ERP) systems.

APICS currently administers two internationally recognized certification programs—Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and Certified in Integrated Resource Management (CIRM). With the addition of the CSCP designation, APICS enhances its validation of the disciplines within operations management, specifically production, inventory, enterprise, and supply chain management. This diagram provides a depiction of the differences between the CPIM and CSCP programs.

APICS retained the services of The Holmes Corporation, specialists in the designing, marketing, and distributing of educational products for association certification programs, to develop the CSCP learning system. The CSCP learning system will consist of a blended learning approach incorporating self-directed study courses, Web-based learning, and classroom-based education offered through colleges and universities, corporations, and the APICS network of local chapters throughout North America.


APICS’ new, highly anticipated CSCP designation will provide individuals with the skill set necessary to understand and manage the integration of activities within today’s increasingly complex supply chains. The CSCP program will prepare individuals to effectively and efficiently manage supply chain activities that span across and beyond an organization’s four walls, leading to reduced costs and increased profits for the company.

The CSCP program will provide in-depth knowledge and understanding in the areas of supplier and customer relations, international trade, the use of information technology to enable supply chain management, and physical logistics.

Benefits of the CSCP Program

After earning your CSCP designation, you will:

  • Learn to boost productivity, collaboration, and innovation

  • Discover how to positively affect lead times, inventory, productivity, and bottom-line profitability

  • Understand how to manage the integration and coordination of activities to achieve reduced costs and increase efficiencies and customer service

  • Gain the knowledge to effectively and efficiently manage worldwide supply chain activities

  • Achieve greater confidence and peer and industry recognition

  • Enjoy the potential for career advancement and increased earnings.

Why should you pursue the CSCP education and designation?
APICS CSCP education is essential if you are:


  • interested in increasing your knowledge and expertise in the field of global supply chain management, specifically in the areas of customer relations, international trade, information technology enablement, and physical logistics.

  • consulting or facilitating supply chain functions or working with ERP systems.

  • creating a common standard of understanding, vocabulary, resources, and frameworks within your company to address your supply chain challenges and opportunities.


      An APICS CSCP designation will help you:
    • master the necessary tools to effectively manage global supply chain activities, including suppliers, plans, distributors, and customers around the globe.

    • acquire the skills you need to create consistency and foster collaboration through best practices, common terminology, and corporate communication.

    • understand how to use enterprise resources planning (ERP) systems and other technologies to improve the entire supply chain process.

    • maximize your organization's ERP investments by millions of dollars.

    • increase your professional value and secure your future.

Course components

The APICS CSCP Learning System is a comprehensive professional development and exam preparation program consisting of three print modules and web-based study tools that reflect the entire APICS CSCP Exam Content Manual (ECM) and provide you with a broad view of global, end-to-end supply chain management. The 2012 exam reflects critical changes in the marketplace and in the evolving roles and responsibilities of operations and supply chain managers. For accreditation, you must master each of the following:Module 1: APICS Supply Chain Management Fundamentals

  • Broad concepts include primary processes, objectives, logistics, integration methods, and rewards
  • Alignment of supply chain with corporate strategies
  • Key considerations for planning, inventory control, and continued improvement
  • Identification and management of market segments
  • Demand forecasting and effective management techniques
  • Effective customer relationship management (CRM)


Module 2: Supply Chain Strategy, Design, and Compliance

  • Sustainability practices in design and operation
  • Measurement, responsiveness, operations, and communications
  • Risk, its sources, impacts, and mitigation methods
  • Globally dispersed supply and demand, and the effects on logistics
  • Factors influencing demand, including design, marketing, selling, and matching customer orders
  • Core Customer Relationship Management (CRM) concepts, including strategies, technologies, and implementation challenges
  • Fundamentals of supplier relationship management (SRM), including strategies, improved source management, relevant technologies, and measurement
  • Inventory planning and control methods


Module 3: Implementation and Operations

  • Supply chain dynamics and the balance of responsiveness and efficiency
  • Managing supply from internal and external sources
  • Implementation of demand plans, including prioritization, fulfillment, and capturing and communicating point-of-sale data
  • Tools and techniques to support continuous improvement

Each section lists learning objectives, and progress check questions are provided throughout the text.

Online components

The online tools help you determine your initial level of knowledge, create a study plan based on your individual needs, reinforce your studies with practice tests, and track your learning progress through progress reports. The online portion of the course consists of the following components:

  • Overview
    The overview will guide you through the APICS CSCP Learning System.

  • Pre- and post- tests
    These practice tests, consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions each, cover content drawn from the entire system. After each question, you will be provided with immediate feedback, including the correct answer and the rationale for that answer. A running total of questions answered correctly is provided as you proceed through the test. The pre-test results will provide you with an indication of those areas that require the most attention. The post-test results will measure your progress following your completion of the course.

  • Module-specific tests
    Functioning similarly to the pre- and post-tests, the module-specific tests allow you to check your understanding and retention of materials within a given module. The questions include immediate feedback, answer rationales, and reference to the relevant sections in the text so you can review trouble areas.

  • Online glossary
    Accessible any time during the program, the pop-up glossary allows you to look up definitions of terms without leaving your current activity.

  • eFlashcards
    These flashcards will supplement your exam practice sessions by testing your knowledge using an interactive drill-and-practice format.

  • Reports
    Individuals and/or managers can track course progress through a reporting feature that includes pre- and post-test scores and module-specific test scores.

A test-timing feature is available on all tests. It measures the elapsed time and assesses whether you are on track to complete the CSCP exam in the allotted time.


CSCP Exam Preparation

To help prepare you for the CSCP exam, APICS has developed the CSCP Learning System. Based on the CSCP body of knowledge, the learning system is a comprehensive professional development and exam preparation program. It combines print materials with interactive online tools to deliver a customized learning experience.

Try a free demo of the CSCP Learning System today.


Earning Your CSCP

For information on the APICS CSCP exam and testing procedures in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, download the APICS CSCP Certification Bulletin for the latest facts, requirements, and changes that impact your exams. Or click for online information on the CSCP exam.

Becoming a CSCP Candidate
You must apply for eligibility to take the APICS CSCP exam. Apply now. Or, download the eligibility form.

To be eligible for the CSCP exam, a candidate must meet one of the following criteria:

      • A bachelor's degree or equivalent plus two years of related business experience, or

      • The APICS CPIM, CFPIM, CIRM, C.P.M., or CPSM designation plus two years of related business experience, or

      • Five years of related business experience.

NOTE: You must have approved eligibility to register for the APICS CSCP exam. The CSCP Eligibility Application for the next exam will be posted when the application period begins.

APICS CSCP Subject Matter Experts

The CSCP Learning System was developed under the guidance of recognized experts in the field of supply chain management. These subject matter experts bring their expertise as high-level management executives to validate the CSCP Learning System, leveraging the complex challenges of today's supply chain.

Greg P. Allgair
Chief Logistician, Biohazard Detection
Northrop Grumman

ABCO Engineering Ltd

Alan L. Milliken, CFPIM, CIRM
Business Process Optimization

Peter W. Murray, CIRM
Global Supply Chain Competency and Development Leader
DuPont Global Operations

Chad Stricklin
Merchandise Supply Chain Manager
Disneyland Resort

Robert Vokurka, Ph.D., CFPIM, CIRM, C.P.M.
Professor and Chair
Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi
College of Business

Eddie J. Whitfield, CPIM, CIRM
Director, Solution Marketing - Manufacturing


“The APICS CSCP designation validates a unique skill set and reflects the expanding role supply chain management plays in today’s increasingly competitive global marketplace. This new designation will equip today’s professionals with the credentials to improve their company’s competitive success and their own professional advancement and earning potential.”

- Thomas J. Krupka, CFPIM, Jonah
APICS President